When you send your child off to school, you do so with the assumption that the teachers and administrators will do their best to provide your little one with a safe learning environment. After all, these years at school will influence your child for the rest of his or her life. Most of the time, schools live up to their lofty charge. Unfortunately, there are times when they overstep their bounds and disproportionately punish their students by suspending, expelling or disciplining them.
Transitioning to elementary school can have its difficulties for any young child. It can have added challenges, though, for kids with disabilities.
There are quite a few educational contexts in which unique issues can come up for a special needs student. Among these is computer learning.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up a critically important case that could determine whether children with disabilities will receive all the support they need to thrive in school.
When a child has ADHD, there are many education-related meetings that can end up being critical ones for their parents. One such type of meeting that could come up are IEP meetings, as some kids with ADHD have an IEP. Such meetings can have major impacts on the course of a child’s special education. Given the big issues regarding their kid that such meetings can touch on, when such a meeting is coming up for a parent of a child with ADHD or some other condition, the parent may want to make solid preparations for it. Preparing for IEP meetings is among the special-education-related things that skilled education lawyers can assist parents with.
It is a big problem at many schools: bullying. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for special needs students to be the target of bullying. Any student can be profoundly impacted by being exposed to this behavior. However, children with disabilities may respond differently to bullying than other students.
Proposition 58 passed in a landslide on Nov. 8, signaling that the majority of California voters are ready to explore the benefits of bilingual education for English-language learners and other kids in our K-12 schools. The new measure repeals a 1998 law called Prop 227, which required all K-12 students in California to be educated primarily in English regardless of their primary language.
Going to college is a very common goal for students, including those with disabilities. Now, as can be the case in many areas related to education, there can be some special challenges for students with special needs when it comes to this goal. This includes challenges related to:
Among the concerns a parent of a student with disabilities may have is whether their child will be able to graduate. Now, a special needs student’s likelihood of getting a high school diploma can be affected by many aspects of their educational experience, both in high school and at lower levels. This is among the reasons why having a well-tailored Individualized Education Program that properly covers important issues relevant to their education needs can be so crucial for such students. So, what happens during the IEP process can matter greatly. Skilled education lawyers can give parents of special needs students guidance during this often complex process.
Federal law protects the education rights of students with disabilities. Among the rights it gives such students is the right to a “free appropriate public education.”